Holden Sheppard on You Can’t Ask That, ‘Bogans’


Holden Sheppard You Can't ask that

Tonight the ABC will launch their seventh season of the hit show You Can’t Ask That. The show will feature gay author Holden Sheppard as the episode explores the life of Bogans.

This season will have a strong queer focus as it talks to members of the LGBTQIA+ community across several episodes.

Episode one, Bogans, will air tonight on ABC.

You Can’t Ask That

You Can’t Ask That has become unmissable television in Australia.

It’s the television show that doesn’t hold back and peers behind the curtain of everyday Australians lives.

Each season guests from around the country are invited to sit down and discuss their lives and answer incredibly personal questions.

Previous seasons have included topics such as living with HIV, lesbians and drag queens.

This season will feature an entire episode discussing gay men, porn stars and bogans, each featuring gay Australians in the episodes.

The episode featuring gay men will feature the icon “Troughman.”

Troughman was known for laying down in urinals at Sydney gay parties from the late 70’s to the early 2000’s.

Meanwhile the porn stars episode will feature Australian porn star Woody Fox and transgender porn star Marissa Minx.

Holden Sheppard talks being a bogan

Holden Sheppard is best known as the author of hit Australian book Invisible Boys.

He is a gay man married to his partner Raphael Farmer, the two live in Western Australia.

Holden is also a proud bogan.

Sporting his trademark mohawk, multiple piercings, silver chain and cheeky smile Holden appears on the first episode of You Can’t Ask That for season seven.

“I don’t give a fuck if you don’t like me. I don’t give a fuck if you don’t think I’m good like, I don’t care” he says when speaking about what it means to be a bogan.

Featured amongst a sea of other faces he discussed peoples perceptions, what bogans look like, but also the perception of being patriotic and racist.

On the question of whether or not Aussie pride is code for being racist, Holden shares his insight perfectly.

“At its core I think you can be patriotic and not be racist.”

“But I think there are a lot of people who are very racist who use patriotism to kind of hide it. Or to kind of pretend that what they’re doing is being proud of their country when they’re actually being proud of being white.”

“I definitely have zero interest in being perceived as a racist or being racist towards anyone” he confirms.

“My husband is a muslim from another country. He’s a migrant, he’s brown skinned, so I’m not really phased about being perceived as racist, because I know I’m not.”

Holden delivers as an articulate and insightful guest on the episode and is not to be missed.

You can watch the full episode of You Can’t Ask That tonight on ABC at 9pm tonight.

The full season will also be available for streaming from tonight, with episodes still airing weekly on ABC at 9pm.

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